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HBCU Standouts Rice, Dent And McCain Are Among College Football Hall Of Fame’s 2006 Class
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Two black college football standouts from the 1980′s and a legendary HBCU coach are a part of seven inductees as the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced their Hall of Fame Divisional Class for 2006 on Tuesday.
A constant interception threat, Dent is the JSU’s only three-time First Team All-America selection (1986-88). A three-time Sheridan Black College National Defensive Player of the Year, he led the nation in interceptions in 1986 and currently ranks among the Top 25 in NCAA Division I-AA history with 21 career picks.
At 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, Dent was the leader of a defense that vaulted the Tigers to three consecutive SWAC championships and a remarkable 27-1 conference record. A three-time First Team All-SWAC selection, Dent was also twice named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.
A two-time Mississippi Sports Writers All-Mississippi Team selection, Dent currently ranks fourth all-time at Jackson State in single-season interceptions (11 in 1988). A community minded individual, he continues to reside in Jackson, Mississippi.
A two-time First Team All-America selection, Rice finished ninth in the 1984 Heisman Trophy voting as he set numerous Division I-AA records including single-season receptions (103) and receiving yards (1,450).
Drafted in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Rice became arguably the greatest player in NFL history. In 20 seasons, he was named to the Pro Bowl 13 times, won three Super Bowls and broke virtually every receiving record.
In the community, Rice volunteers with the March of the Dimes, Packard Children’s Hospital, Nike PLAY program, Team Up for Healthy Kids, United Way and The Jerry Rice “127″ Foundation.
With a career record of 102-21-5, McCain is one of only 28 coaches in the history of college football to have a winning percentage greater than .800 among those whom have coached at least nine seasons.
In the community, McCain served as the MSC’s athletics director, head baseball coach and head basketball coach during his career. An active member of the Metropolitan United Church, he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Langston University Alumni Association.